Here are today’s contestants:
- Meredith, a server from North Carolina, has a deaf cat that’s not just ignoring her;
- Susan, a pet sitter from Massachusetts, received champagne from golfer Rickie Fowler; and
- Aaron, a law student from Michigan, hopes for a better decade for Michigan football. Aaron entered the game as a one-day champ with winnings of $24,800.
Aaron scored on his DD opportunity in DJ while Susan missed hers, but Aaron didn’t have quite enough to put the game away, leading into FJ with $16,600 vs. $8,500 for Susan and $7,000 for Meredith.
DD1, $400 – JUST FOR ONE DAY – Traditionally, this is the first full day of the Paschal Triduum, leading up to Easter (Aaron went all-in for $2,800 and missed, creating a three-way tie at $0.)
DD2, $1,600 – HIGHER EDUCATION GEOGRAPHY – Founded in 1853, Washington University isn’t in D.C. or Washington State but in this city on the Mississippi River (Aaron won $4,000 from his score of $6,600 vs. $5,400 for Susan.)
DD3 – $2,000 – TRANSPORTATION – The vehicle of choice on the Oregon Trail was this wagon with a type of flat land in its name (Susan lost $2,500 from her total of $11,000 vs. $14,200 for Aaron.)
FJ – THE CIVIL WAR – The Chicago Tribune called Clement Vallandigham, an anti-war Ohio Democrat, a “traitor” & a “hissing” one of these creatures
Only Aaron was correct on FJ, adding $401 to win with $17,001 for a two-day total of $41,801.
Wagering strategy: Aaron had the game put away as soon as the FJ wagers were made, as with her $1,500 bet, Susan chose to play for second money rather than go for the win. Also, DD2 was the first time in four betting situations where Aaron didn’t wager everything, and if he had, he would have scored a runaway.
Triple Stumper of the day: The players didn’t know the ICBMs named for American revolutionary militia, the Minuteman.
Judging the audience: Strangely, upon completing the game’s opening category, Aaron got a round of applause even though he only knew four out of five.
DD1 – What is Good Friday?
DD2 – What is St. Louis?
DD3 – What is a prairie schooner?
FJ – What is “Copperhead”?